You may not be fired for an innate characteristic you cannot change, but your employer can make your life miserable by discriminating against you because of it. Discrimination is meant to make you feel uncomfortable, stressed, and somehow less human than those harassing you.

Maybe your employer tells you a promotion is out of the question because ladies should be home at night waiting on their husbands. Maybe a co-worker makes fun of your hijab. Maybe everyone calls you the old man and asks when you are going to retire. These actions can be considered discrimination for sexual, religious, and age-related reasons. Mitchell Feldman’s team of Atlanta workplace discrimination lawyers can stop it now. Reach out to our employment attorneys to discuss your legal options.

Common Ways Employers Discriminate

Employer discrimination is unfair treatment toward a person or a group that is different from others in the workplace. The bias targets protected classes based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identification, disability status, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and other evolving classes. Employees are permitted under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to seek redress from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), whether employers are public or private, although some limitations apply depending on the number of persons the business employs. Generally, employer actions in the following areas can amount to discrimination:

  • Recruiting and hiring far-less qualified candidates to keep a homogeneous workplace
  • Targeting a specific group for layoffs
  • Promoting less qualified employees or demoting an employee for no given reason
  • Offering different benefits to different employees
  • Paying men more than women in the same job with the same experience and schooling
  • Denying family leave for disability or pregnancy

Other actions can be tied to discrimination, and Georgia also has specific laws to combat the practice. A discrimination attorney in Atlanta will study a client’s situation and fight to get justice before the EEOC or in court after filing a lawsuit.

State Discrimination Laws

State law further strengthens sanctions against workplace discrimination with its Fair Employment Practices Act, The Georgia Age Discrimination Act, and the Equal Pay Act. For example, discrimination is prohibited against workers 40 and older under federal and two state laws. This implies the practice has been widespread in the past and should be eradicated now and into the future. Our Atlanta lawyers are committed to fair treatment in the workplace and getting clients compensated when employers discriminate against them.

Proving Discrimination

When employees file a discrimination complaint with the EEOC and then file a lawsuit against an employer who harasses them for being who they are, allegations must be proved. Employees may receive inflammatory emails or memos that speak to the discriminatory behavior. Witnesses may not want to become involved, but if they have seen relevant acts, we can talk to them and convince them their testimony benefits all employees who are victimized. Company policy may be embedded with discrimination that needs to be eradicated. The Atlanta attorneys at Feldman Legal Group can help employees identify and collect pertinent evidence in a workplace discrimination claim.

An Atlanta Workplace Discrimination Attorney Champions Your Cause

If you are being targeted for treatment that others in your workplace are not subjected to, and the acts are related to an innate characteristic you have no control over, you are being discriminated against. Your employer may deny you a promotion because your religion prevents you from working on Saturday or you are demeaned by racial slurs or sexual innuendoes. You do not have to suffer.

Mitchell Feldman has built an employment law firm predicated on a foundation of fairness. You contribute your talents to your company, and they owe you respect and freedom from discrimination. The Atlanta workplace discrimination lawyers at Feldman Legal Group focus on getting you justice and compensation. Call now to learn more about filing a claim against an employer.